|The Commons public accounts committee has questioned Treasury claims|
The Commons public accounts committee, examining the £13.3bn of annual savings that were reported earlier this year, found ‘that there is a question mark over the reliability of nearly £10bn’.
The committee identified a lack of reliable data and reliance on estimates, and underreporting of expenditure incurred in achieving efficiencies.
The backbenchers, echoing a February National Audit Office report, urged measurement improvements and for evidence that service quality has not been affected.
Edward Leigh MP, chair of the committee, said: ‘A focus by Government on efficiency is extremely important. But efficiency gains must be real and demonstrable, and deliverable year after year.’
Local government was responsible for achieving at least £6.45bn of the £20bn savings target for 2007/08.
The Efficiency Programme: A Second Review of Progress.